Sustainable Changes in my Home

In December I made the goal to find some new ways to be sustainable within my house. I have three new things I’m doing that are really easy and great ways to reduce plastic, create less waste, and make more intentional purchases. I thought I’d share them with you and I’d love to hear of any practices you have within your own home!

No more plastic dish soap and dispensers!

This may sound like a little thing, but since lockdown I noticed a big increase in the amount of plastic soap dispensers we were going though. With everyone being home all day and us all being hyper aware of washing our hands, I found us going through them like crazy. I tried to get a larger refill, but it was still more plastic!

Then I found these great sets from Grove. I’ve been ordering cleaning supplies and laundry detergent from them for awhile and I can’t say enough about these. You invest once in the dispensers and then can order the refills when you need them. What I love is that the refills are in aluminum cans! So much better than plastic. I like the quality and scents of the soap as well and now have every bathroom upgraded as well as our dish soap swapped out.

Along with the glass dispensers I’ve ordered the shampoo and conditioner bars for the kids and will report back after they use them for awhile. If you want to try out Grove, you can use this referral link to receive $10 off your first order.

A produce subscription box

I recently set up a membership with Misfits Market and I’m loving it so far. I ordered from Imperfect Foods back in Dallas and was bummed to learn they didn’t service where I live now. Misfits Market is the same concept, perfectly good produce that would otherwise be thrown out is shipped to your doorstep. You get to pick your preferences of delivery, although nothing is guaranteed. I always pick the staples (apples, greens, citrus) and then throw in a few other things that sound good.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of produce that was in the box- that picture above is what came last week. For $35 I think this is a great green grocery option!

I have a code for this as well, use COOKWME-CG1URH to get 25% off your first order.

Monthly Online Orders

I read about this online when a friend of mine was talking about budgeting and I think it’s a great idea to be more mindful and less wasteful with your online shopping. You set a day on your calendar and that is the day you will make your monthly online order. Then you start a list or a cart and add to it as you think of things you ‘need.’ When the day comes to buy, you can go through that list and determine what is actually needed and the thought is that you will probably delete a few things after waiting to buy them.

I’ve only just started this and last week placed my monthly order. I had a list going of random home things we needed (new sheets for Charlie, vitamins for Sam I can’t find in our grocery store, and some new printer paper). Before I definitely would have purchased items as I thought of them, along with a couple more things that just seem to fly in the cart! I’m hoping this limits some of our family consumption and just makes us a bit more thoughtful before placing online orders. Good for the planet and good for the wallet!

I stand by the idea that small changes add up and these three changes are pretty small. Even in a few weeks I’ve noticed a difference and I’m hopeful I can keep making choices that are more sustainable in the year to come.

August Styling Challenge

I decided to give myself a little styling challenge for August. I have been having trouble getting motivated and I see a difference in my mood on the days that I get ‘dressed.’ It seems like a little thing but it’s weird being home all the time and this sets a marker for when my day begins and I think I’m more productive and present when it feels like a real day. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I thought trying every week day in August to style an outfit would be a fun experiment.

I went through my closet and pulled some pieces that fit in a color scheme. I pulled things I know I love, things I want to wear more, and I added in my latest Nuuly box. In the end I have 10 tops, 4 skirts, 2 jumpsuits, 5 pants, and 4 dresses. So a bit more than a capsule but a lot less than my whole closet? Also, 16 of these items are handmade which was a happy accident.

I am focusing on color this month because color makes me happy. As I’ve started sewing in colors that make me feel good I am building a collection of pieces that I’m really proud and comfortable wearing. It’s a great feeling!

I plan on sharing my outfit of the day on my Instagram stories and then maybe will do a big wrap up here at the end of the month. If you feel so inclined, pick out a few of your favorite colors and try to wear them more this month. Even if you are home all day, you can still look cute! Tag me with #whitsstylingchallenge if you do!

 

October’s Goals

I love October. It finally starts to cool off here in Dallas (I mean, that’s what I’m counting on…) and I’ve come to love the build up to Halloween since my kids have been old enough to get excited about it. Add in that it’s good weather for stew, tea, snuggling under blankets, and it’s acceptable to decorate your house with pumpkins and I might even say it’s my favorite month of the year.

Last month I set myself a goal to walk a mile a day, and guys, I pretty much did it! I kept track on the big calendar in our kitchen and it was very satisfying to see those xs build up. Even when I missed a day or two, seeing my calendar full of pink xs was very encouraging. It made me want to keep going!

This month I want to continue the walking a mile a day. With the weather getting nicer it becomes a great motivation to get outside, which always helps with my mental health and Sam loves walking around the neighborhood. I’d also like to add in meditating every day. I did this a lot when I was pregnant and I’d love to make it a daily habit again.

And finally, I’d like to get back to my writing every day. This summer I got in a real groove and the past two months have been so crazy that I haven’t had the energy to keep it up. I’d love to make some progress on the piece I’m working on as well as have a blog full of content by the end of the month.

3 big goals seem good to me! I always get inspired and fired up at the beginning of a new season. I’m hopeful that by setting clear intentions I’ll be able to follow through and make new habits in my life one day at a time.